They Might Be Giants
In a remarkable combination of perspicacious political comment and technology-appropriate function, Grammy-Award winning pop wunderkinds They Might Be Giants posted an original ringtone recording "Call Connected Through the NSA" only days before the recent revelations of secret NSA data mining of tens of millions of Americans phone records. With the toe-tapping lyric: "Call connected through the NSA. Complete transmission through the NSA. Suspending your rights for the duration of the permanent war," it reminds users just who might be listening in.
They Might Be Giants can write a song about anything -- just dare them!
The new Venue Songs DVD started out as a way to pass the time on a tour bus. Instead of playing more cards or watching another Dave Chappelle rerun, They Might Be Giants challenged themselves to write an original song for every rock club they would be performing in: write it on the bus, rehearse it at sound check, and debut the song to the audience that night. As the tour rolled on, the effort seemed more than a little misguided--possibly disastrous--but happily the experiment paid off. The songs were consistently interesting, and the best of them were very fine indeed. The audience response was one of pure delight. A document had to be made. Returning home to Brooklyn, TMBG recorded the best of the songs. TMBG also collaborated with a small but determined army of highly creative visual artists to create videos for the songs. The Venue Songs DVD was born.
Have a listen to the streams.
Photo Credit - Joshua Kessler
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